By Chris De La Rosa
However during this cold weather, there’s no reason not to make this quick and simple Pineapple Salsa to add a bit of the warm tropics to your party. I guess the same can be said for when it’s the height of winter and you’re engaged in supporting your favorite sporting team on television.
1 small ripe pineapple (abt 1 1/2 cups | ripe)
2 cups diced tomatoes (diced)
1/2 cup cilantro (chopped finely)
1 clove garlic
1 med red onion (diced)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 lime (juice)
1 jalapeno pepper (diced)
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When shopping for a pineapple, please try to get one that’s not green in color — should be a mixture of green and yellow/orange or all yellow/orange. It should have no blemishes or rotting top leaves and there must a fragrant scent if you were to hold it up to your nose. Make sure it’s also firm.
This is so simple you really don’t need a recipe, plus it’s a shame more people don’t make their own but resort to paying those expensive prices the local grocery stores charge for the pre-made stuff. Crush the garlic, finely chop the cilantro and try to dice the other ingredients the same size. Yes it may take a little effort, but it’s worth it.
Place everything in a large bowl, then go in with the salt, black pepper and lime juice, and give it all a good stir. Adjust the salt if you find it a bit tart, and you can certainly add a bit of finely-diced habanera or scotch bonnet pepper if you want a more pronounced kick.
If you want, you can substitute lemon juice for the lime juice or add a bit of both. Allow the salsa to marinate in the fridge for an hour, or so, before serving and give it a final toss before bringing it out to your guests.
If you find that the pineapple is a bit tart you can add a teaspoon of brown sugar or honey to the mix. If you wanted to add some diced-mango to the salsa, I’m sure your family and guests will approve.
This recipe is courtesy of Gourmand Award-winning cookbook author and founder of CaribbeanPot.com, Chris De La Rosa. With over 450 printable recipes with step by step cooking instructions and demo videos, PLUS over 1 million social/fan connections globally every month, CaribbeanPot.com is the world’s #1 resource of Caribbean Culinary Culture. Connect with Chis on Instagram: www.instagram.com/caribbeanpot/.